Happy 2012 everybody!
Ah, Christmas Day is upon us and is bringing to a close the Christmas holidays. Many of us don’t usually consider that Christmas derives a great deal of its traditions from Christianity – I myself don’t tend to view Christmas from the religious point of view, but rather from the point of view of the traditions developed by my family over the last three generations . But I don’t think it remiss to present you with this interesting article on the effect that the Bible has had on literature. It’s a great article to close out the 2011 Christmas season and to usher in a new year of exploring great literature!
There’s no doubt that at times the holidays can be more trouble than cheer; most of us have tales which haunt us of hysterically dismal Christmases. This year The Independent has featured a set of gloomy Christmas stories by British writers such as Will Self and Sebastian Barry. Some are humorously gloomy while others remain rather bleak throughout. However, these are definitely worth reading as they are wittily well-written. Perhaps they also will help to put in perspective all those holidays in which you felt particularly out of it! I must say that they did serve to create a rather unique type of holiday cheer for me!
Here’s a blast from the past: does anyone remember Wishbone, the “little dog with a big imagination”? I recall being enthralled as a little girl by this charming dog and his ability to bring classic literature such as The Aeneid by Virgil and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen to life. If you are looking for a gift for a younger future literature lover – or if you want to inspire the love of literature in a youngster you know – amazon.com has some very reasonably priced Wishbone series DVDs. Is it time to pass on the magic, or do you think Wishbone has already gone out of style?
Please note the following as our closure dates for this holiday season:
We are closed December 23 and December 26
We are closed December 30